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By Air

Nice Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE) is located about seven miles west of Nice and is just 15 miles from Cannes. The airport is a busy facility providing connections from Paris and other major French cities as well as from a large number of EU and international destinations. Trains and buses provide cheap and speedy ground transfer options, while taxis are also on hand for those requiring door-to-door service to their onward destination.

By Bus

Coach services from major French and European cities serve the city of Cannes, with the latter concluding at the Gare Routière de Nice station, which is situated just outside of the city. Companies providing services from abroad include Eurolines and Agence Phoceens. Regional services are provided by Rapides Côte d’Azur and CTM, with services available from Nice and Grasse/Mandelieu respectively.

By Rail

France’s TGV rail services provides access to the city of Cannes from a large number of major French cities. From London Waterloo Station the Eurostar connects with Lille, from where a connecting service to Cannes is available. The journey from London to Lille is just 1 hour, 25 minutes, while from Lille to Cannes, it’s 7 hours. Other European cities with rail connections to Cannes include Brussels (6 hours), Milan (5 hours), Basel (10 hours), Rome (10 hours) and Venice (10 hours).

By Car

From Paris, the journey takes about 8 hours and access is available via the A8 Estérel motorway, which leads directly to the city of Cannes; from Monaco and Nice, the same road provides access from the opposite direction. The road network is exceedingly well designed and drivers should face very little difficulty in negotiating the route.

Key places to visit
Compagnie Maritime Cannoise, Parc Zoologique de Frejus, Vieux Port, Boulevard de la Croisette, le Saint-Honorat


Places to Visit

Compagnie Maritime Cannoise

Take a boat tour on the sea with Compagnie Maritime Cannoise and get the chance to visit the famous Lerins Islands plus a variety of other destinations worthy of note such as Monaco and St Tropez. A submarine trip is also available to give visitors the chance to see some of the local sea life.

Parc Zoologique de Frejus

This popular attraction was originally presented as a traditional zoo facility, but has now been redeveloped as a safari park in which visitors can drive around in their cars. The zoo has attempted to recreate the natural habitats of its animal residents in order to encourage them to reproduce and live as they would in the wild.

Vieux Port

To the east below the Old Town of Cannes lies the Vieux Port, or Old Port, also known as Port Cannes I; at its northeastern corner is the Gare Maritime (Marine Railway Station), built in 1957.

To the north the port is bordered by the pretty Allées de la Liberté which are lined with plane trees. In the mornings the fine Marché aux Fleurs (Flower Market) is held here. At the western end of the Allées stands the Hôtel de Ville, or Town Hall, built in 1874-76.

The Rue Félix-Faure, which runs parallel on the north, and its eastern extension, the Rue d'Antibes, are the town's main shopping streets.

Boulevard de la Croisette

In Cannes, the center of tourist activity is the Boulevard de la Croisette which extends eastward from the new Palais des Festivals along the Rade de Cannes, with its fine sandy beach; from it there is a magnificent view of the gulf and the offshore Lerin Islands. The boulevard is dominated by luxury hotels - some from the Belle Epoque period - and high class shops.

In the yacht harbor lies the pirate ship Neptune, built as the backdrop for an adventure film.

The eastern section of the boulevard bends south at the fine Parc de la Roseraie, skirts the new port layout of the Port Pierre Canto and ends at the southern tip of the Pointe de la Croisette by the Port du Palm-Beach. On the east side of the peninsula the pleasant Boulevard Eugène- Gazagnaire, with its fine beach, leads north to the Port du Moure Rouge.

le Saint-Honorat

Trips are available to the island that was named after the monk, Honoratus, who was responsible for founding a monastery here in the early 5th century. Notre Dame de Lérins, an abbey built on the island in the 17th century, is one of the most famous sights on the island and offers views of fine architecture, both inside and out. The abbey is still inhabited to this day and has a shop that sells goods made by the monks who reside here. Besides the abbey, the island is home to several other churches and chapels as well beautiful coastal scenery.

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